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Article ID: 115531, created on Feb 12, 2013, last review on May 11, 2014

  • Applies to:
  • Plesk 11.0 for Linux
  • Plesk 11.5 for Linux


I would like to configure a Qmail server to relay all outgoing messages from a particular domain to another mail server. How do I do that?


  1. Make sure the domain is listed in /var/qmail/control/rcpthosts. This configures Qmail to accept mail for the domain.

  2. Create the SMTP routes for the domain to the new server in /var/qmail/control/smtproutes.

To relay email for a specific domain.com to another mail server, create the line:


To relay all email to another mail server, regardless of the destination domain, create this line:


Here's a working configuration example where all mail to domain1.com, domain2.com is relayed via relay-mail-server.com, domain3.com via relay2-mail-server.com and all other domains mail is relayed via relay3-mail-server.com:

# cat /var/qmail/control/smtproutes
  1. Restart xinetd:

    /etc/init.d/xinetd restart

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